Shipping and Handling
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Is it really safe for the kitten?
I receive many inquiries on the process of shipping a cat–individuals often wonder if it is safe and how it works.
Won’t he/she be scared? How long does it take?
Won’t it be difficult for the kitten having to be all alone in a crate for so long?
This is how I explain the shipping process to individuals to help them feel more at ease with the process of getting a cat.
Shipping a Cat Is Very safe: See Below Details.
Shipping a cat by itself to a new location always sounds cruel and embarrassing, but actually I think it is harder for us than the cat(s). With my many years of shipping experience, I know for a fact that all of the cats are well taken care of. So if you stop and think about it, the airlines are not going to mistreat the cat(s) for fear of lawsuit and customer dissatisfaction. I tape cat(s) food and feeding instructions to the top of the crate and put frozen water in the crate, so it will gradually thaw out for the cat(s) and the cats are offered food along the ride.
The average flight is approximately 4 to 6 hours. I always ask about any delays or layovers and know the exact times and departures of the flights, so I know where the cat is and am able to give you the information as well.
The cat will arrive the same day as it is sent–usually a few hours. I have a big fluffy bed of shredded newspapers in the crate for the cat(s) to nestle in and usually a pig’s ear chew (they love them), and a toy or sock with my scent on it–to help the cat feel secure.
We consider shipping as an option and we make the shipping arrangements; this is because most often we find suitable homes for our kittens but they might not be located within a driving distance. I can guess what question you have in mind right now, ‘Flying a Cat’! Is it safe? This question is often asked. We certainly wouldn’t consider it if it wasn’t.
I personally asked this question to the man of the shipping company on my first attempt to ship a kitten some couple of years back, and this was his answer to me “When we book a flight for a cat it is only on safe and approved Airlines that have pet-safe programs that Follows USDA guidelines ” The cat will have the same air as the pilot flying the plane & someone will be there to cater for him/her on board, we don’t fly the kittens in the cargo section of the plane, they are actually shipped in the passenger section of the plane together with pet nannies until delivery is completed.
When we go to book a flight for our pets, we always call ahead and find the most direct flight available (much as if you were looking for a flight for yourself) Our kittens have always arrived safe and sound in their new homes, he even went further to say that “it is better and more comfortable to fly a cat on a 2-6 hours flight than drive with that cat for 4 hours or more”. And that I believe so much because I know they are professionals and will deliver the kitten safely.
Thanks and we look forward to developing a cordial relation with you and your new kitten. Every one of our kittens will always be a part of our extended family.